Eddie Rogers continued his now three-race win streak in Cedar Falls, IA., with the Chris Duncan Race Cars Pro Mod Super Series. Rogers took the win in a rematch of the first two final rounds in the CDRC Pro Mod Series against Randy Adler. Coming into this race, each had split a victory against the other. With the win Rogers secures the championship for the series. The CDRC Pro Mod Super Series was just one part of the show that Scott Gardner and crew at Cedar Falls Raceway put together for their Night of Fire held on Saturday night.
Rain fell just before the first scheduled qualifying round on Friday night, cancelling that portion of the show and rescheduling both rounds of qualifying to Saturday afternoon. Adler, behind the wheel of his ’57 Chevrolet, took the top spot in qualifying with a 4.15 at 181 mph. Rogers grabbed the second position with a 4.21 at 174 mph, and in his third race with the series, Bruce Micetich qualified third in his ’02 Camaro with a 4.30-second pass. Mike Bell grabbed the fourth qualifying position while Monte Grace was fifth in his show-quality orange ’68 Camaro. John Welter made his debut with the CDRC Pro Mod Super series qualifying in the sixth position with a 4.90 at 150 mph in his turbocharged ’02 Pontiac Trans-Am with tuning help from turbo guru Travis Quillen.
In the first round, Micetich defeated Welter with a 4.34 at 164 mph as Welter’s car struggled with an issue that kept the car from revving to the two-step and resulted in an aborted run. Rogers lined up against Grace, but the race ended early as Grace turned on the red light. Then down track, Grace’s motor let go resulting in a 4.31 at just 163 mph, while Rogers would post the quickest run of the race to that point with a 4.09 at 182 mph. And in the closest race of the weekend, Adler met Bell in round one. Adler had less than a hundredth of a second advantage on the starting line and gave up a little ground early on, but they would run side-by-side with Adler pulling out the victory with a 4.15 to the 4.18 of Bell.
Rogers defeated Micetich in the semifinals with each driver improving slightly, but Rogers easily took the win with a 4.08 at 183 mph while Micetich’s Camaro posted a strong pass of 4.29 seconds at 166 mph. On the opposite side of the ladder, courtesy of a short field leading to the fast loser coming back, was Adler versus Bell. Adler slowed from his earlier effort to a 4.21-second blast at 176 mph, but Bell’s wild looking Camaro ran into motor problems early on and by the end of the pass, had hung parts and pieces out of both sides of the engine block as he slowed to a 6.4-second run at a coasting 74 mph.
For the final round, Adler and Rogers lined up for the third time this season. When the pair staged and the green light lit, the race ended almost immediately as Adler’s supercharged ’57 Bel-Air simply free-revved while Rogers made the strongest pass of the weekend at 4.06 and 183 mph. Adler tossed his car back into gear and coasted to a 58 mph pass. The win gives Rogers three in a row in the CDRC Pro Mod Series in his ’06 Corvette.
Also on hand for the Night of Fire were the Mickey Thompson Tires Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car Challenge, the Geezer Gassers providing wheels-up straight axle excitement, and a pair of Jet Funny cars including Mike Hojnacki’s “Interceptor.” A few of the other fan favorites included a pair of wheelstanders and the Midwest Super Stock Mafia, as well as the gear slamming action of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters. The series will be back on track in late August at the famous World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova Dragway. Photos of all the action can be found in our gallery below.